This baby is my entry for the By Hand London #Patternhackathon. The bodice is hacked from the Holly Jumpsuit and the skirt is just a self drafted straight skirt. It’s made from a massive floral print cotton sateen from Spotlight I bought ages ago.
I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a crop top as a year of waining gym mojo has left me a little curvier than last year and feeling a little more self-conscious. Then I saw this picture of the fabulous Mindy Kaling looking smokin’ hot in a crop top/skirt combo and I wanted in. I feel pretty good in this outfit, although I wouldn’t want to be chowing down on anything too heavy while wearing it, I don’t think it’s going to hide much in the way of a pasta lunch.
To hack the top I trimmed 2 cm off the length of the Holly bodice and drafted a hem facing. I also added a hidden button placket to the front for a cleaner look. The sateen is probably a little thick for this project, it almost has the weight of a very light summer jacket, but it isn’t wholly unsuitable. I’m going to get a lot of wear out of it I’m sure. I ran out of fabric for the skirt waistband because I was pattern matching the skirt back and bodice front, so I used some left over linen from my Wenona shirt dress. I really like the effect, so spontaneity win!
One lesson I MUST learn is not to force myself to sew when I’m not in the mood. It really isn’t worth it. I was forcing myself to finish the skirt before bed one night and I caught a few little puckers sewing on the waistband at the back. When I’m just not in the right mood I always just soldier on and try to force things to work, rather than taking a step back to fix my mistakes and sew things properly, so those puckers are still there in the finished object. They are only noticeable to someone looking a the quality of the finish, but they will annoy me every time I wear this, so why I didn’t fix it at the time I’ll never know. It’s a personality thing I guess.
On the positive side, that is really the only error on this make. The facings sit nicely, the patterns match, the kick pleat is even so I’m not going to dwell on it.
What have you guys been sewing up? Something for spring or something for autumn?